On September 23rd, of this year we had our first storm and found that a great big hickory tree had uprooted and fallen onto the creek bank in our back yard. Since we were expecting company and it wasn’t in the way, we left it alone...it was also raining and the creek was swollen. Then when the next storm destroyed our ash tree and other trees near the creek, we cleaned up the mess, and sawed up the wood for firewood. We gave the wood to our son, Brian…
And today, this is what I received.
The bowl isn't crooked...I just take crooked pictures.
The hickory bowl even came with some history, despite being very new. Besides being an old tree from our own back yard, Brian counted the rings and showed me the year he was born…Isn’t that something? I was truly fascinated.
Although Brian is only a beginner with his new hobby, he shows lots of promise and is very talented. He only discovered his carving talents during a Boy Scout camp-out with Brandon this summer while carving out some walking canes for the boys. That led to making a lighthouse & a small wooden bowl for Reva’s birthday, on his never used wood lathe…the wood lathe was a Christmas present to Brian from Reva about 10 years ago and I think he looked it over and attempted to make a candle holder, but I can’t be sure.
This is a picture of Reva’s lighthouse and small cedar bowl. Reva is nuts about lighthouses.
The larger bowl, as I’ve told you is made of hickory and measures 11 inches in diameter and is 4 inches deep.
The small bowl is made from the heart of red cedar and measures 7 inches in diameter and is 3 inches deep. The cedar bowl was Brian’s gift to me on my birthday. The bowls haven’t been finished with anything…he’s still thinking about how to finish them, with either olive oil or maybe a clear-coat finish for non-food bowls.
I can see a rolling pin in my future, to go with my beautiful wooden bowls. (hint hint)